Bike riding is an excellent way for children to have fun while exercising. Unfortunately, thousands of young cyclists are injured each year in preventable traffic accidents. If your child is old enough to start riding a bicycle, there are a number of safety measures you can take to ensure that your young rider doesn’t get injured.
No amount of preparation and training can prevent all child bicycle accidents, but here are a few safety tips to remember:
- Always make sure that your child is wearing a properly fitted helmet.
- Even children in bike carriers should be wearing a helmet.
- Make sure your child is wearing bright and reflective clothing.
- Install a loud bell or horn on your child’s bicycle.
- Teach your child about the dangers of driveways and intersections.
- Try to choose roadways that have bike lanes or flat, even sidewalks alongside them.
- It is not safe for children to ride at dusk or at night. Try to avoid streets that have limited lighting.
- Children under the age of 10 should not ride in the street.
- When it is necessary to ride on the roadway, you must ride with traffic and obey all traffic lights and signs.
- It is advisable for children to walk their bike across intersections after looking right, left, and then right again.
It is important for riders of all ages to remember these safety tips because bicycle accidents are common. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 677 bicyclists were killed in the year 2011. The age group of 14 and younger accounted for nine percent of those fatalities. Of the estimated 48,000 bicyclists involved in traffic accidents during that same year, approximately 8,000 were 14 and younger.
If your child is involved in a New Jersey bicycle accident, please do not hesitate to call the experienced personal injury attorneys of Lependorf & Silverstein at (609) 240-0040. We will review your case at no cost and help you understand your legal rights and options. Financial support may be available for your losses.